433. John Samsen

John SamsenWhen John Samsen first contacted us several months ago, he said, “I’m 90 years old, I’ve had both my feet amputated, and I’ve never been happier”. We soon learned that John designed the Ford Thunderbird, Plymouth Barracuda, and other “muscle cars”, and later had a profound and abiding spiritual awakening.

Over a course of many decades, John Samsen followed a quest to understand the “big questions” of Life; why are we here, what is Life all about, and who am I, really? Along with careers in Aerospace Engineering and car designing, John studied the sciences, mythologies, religions, philosophies, and psychologies, to expand his understandings. A pattern of paranormal experiences opened his mind to areas of experience beyond the paradigms of Science. In 1970, he embarked on a quest of Self Discovery, participating in hundreds of hours of intensive consciousness exploration with such noted researchers as Drs. Jean Houston and Robert Masters, Dr. Lawrence LeShan, Robert Monroe, and others involved in the “human potentials” movements of the 1970s.

After a series of traumatic events in his life, John experienced a “metanoia”, what some call a transformation or “awakening”. John’s quest ended, and in the years since, he has been enjoying Life, knowing peace of mind, “unconditional love” of self and world, and freedom from fear and anxiety. John has been working on a verbal description of his experiences that does not rely on traditional metaphysical or religious ideas but is consistent with modern scientific concepts of space, time, matter, and energy. He believes that a dramatic experience of “awakening”, which is rare and very difficult to achieve, is not necessary for enlightened living; that with proper guidance and consistent effort, most people can achieve that state of being.

Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded December 9, 2017.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:03:07 – From Airplanes to Car Design
  • 00:05:29 – Terrifying Experiences in the Realm of Geometric Principles
  • 00:07:54 – Trance States and Otherworldly Experiences
  • 00:10:22 – A Strange Flying Object
  • 00:12:27 – Mysterious Events and Poltergeist Activity
  • 00:14:59 – The Little Man in the Restroom
  • 00:17:36 – The Encounter with the Weird Man
  • 00:20:00 – The Breakdown and Regeneration of Belief Systems
  • 00:23:08 – The Illusion of Reality
  • 00:25:39 – A Blissful Awakening
  • 00:28:15 – Happiness in the Face of Pain and Resistance
  • 00:30:42 – A Shift in Perspective
  • 00:33:19 – Trading Commodities and Design Work
  • 00:35:30 – The Impact of Jean Houston’s Workshops
  • 00:38:09 – The Preciousness of Life and Growing Older
  • 00:40:49 – The Decision of Euthanasia and Following a Deeper Mind
  • 00:43:22 – A Vision of Love Energy
  • 00:46:14 – The Evolutionary Trajectory of the Universe
  • 00:48:45 – The Interaction of the Divine Intelligence
  • 00:51:10 – The Nature of Opposites
  • 00:53:17 – Embracing Diversity and the totality of existence
  • 00:55:19 – Fear of Death and Valuing Life
  • 00:57:30 – The Earth as a Host
  • 00:59:56 – The Drive Behind Human Activities
  • 01:02:13 – The Potential End of Human Life by the End of the Century
  • 01:04:45 – The Possibility of Metanoia and an Enlightened World
  • 01:07:07 – Motivation to Contribute
  • 01:09:17 – Ordinary Spiritually Awakening People
  • 01:11:26 – Journey to Metanoia
  • 01:13:31 – Getting to Know the Guest Speaker